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New wheels for one lucky student member


Zipcar membership promoCPRS Toronto is offering all new student members who sign up by June 30th the chance to win a free Zipcar membership for a year. The keys to any Zipcar could be yours as of July 1st when CPRS Toronto pays your annual $65 membership fee. 

If you are eligible to be a student member and you join up now (not later than June 30th), your name will be automatically entered into the CPRS Toronto Zipcar prize draw for the random chance to win! 

It costs just $45 to become a student member for one year.  Learn more about the benefits of belonging to CPRS Toronto and apply online today!

Member appreciation event nets largest turnout in recent memory


How to capture the energy of the 160 CPRS Toronto members who attended our season opener at the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on September 27? Perhaps a few of your stories will do the trick.

CPRS Toronto hosted 160 Members at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse for it’s season opener on September 27, 2012.

In her follow-up note to the event, Carol Panasiuk, APR, LM, says that she appreciated the opportunity to get together with the senior practice group at our private reception, which took place just prior to the main event with all CPRS Toronto members. She found the reception to be a great opportunity to catch up with her peers and has suggested that CPRS Toronto get the senior practice group together a couple of times each year. We’re planning on it, Carol!

Bruce Stock, APR, FCPRS, dropped in on Kathleen Garrett, APR, and the APR study group that had hived themselves off for some exam preparations. He told our APR candidates of his experience as an Oral Examiner in the CPRS Accreditation Program several years ago, revealing that he and the other two examiners had given a perfect score to a candidate. Bruce wanted to impress upon our candidates that, a) it could be done, and b) the key was that the successful candidate was concise with her answers. This APR candidate had spoken succinctly and with purpose and when she was done, she was done. It was great to be in on this particular interaction that will hopefully serve as some inspiration for the CPRS Toronto candidates who are now into an extremely intense part of the accreditation process.

The members heard brief updates from their Board members, learning about our current priorities and numerous upcoming events. These Board reports generated great follow-up discussions with our members and sponsors. I spoke with Emmanuel Caisse with CEDROM-SNi on his way out, for example. He had already connected with our Board liaison to sponsors, Laurie Smith, and was deeply engaged in exploring ways to meet our members’ professional needs.

This event has also jump-started our member volunteer network once again, to the delight of Board members Parm Chohan, who is coordinating volunteer placements with the Board’s working committees, and Jenn Heyes, who heads up our student leadership team.

CPRS Toronto President Vincent Power, APR, had a lively chat with a group of student members who were amused when he told them to be sure to pull their weight in group assignments at school. Vincent advised the students that PR school stories travel far and wide and could ultimately affect their employment. Our new student members were shocked and somewhat horrified to hear this but soon realized that they could relate. According to the students, the time spent on group assignments is the hardest time to like your fellow PR students.

We also heard from members who were unable to attend. Perhaps my favourite exchange was with Andrew Clarke who sent his regrets but didn’t forgo his opportunity to network. Andrew asked us for some support to get in touch with members who, like him, are giving leadership to social media and community relations strategies. We have since offered Andrew some contacts to get started.

Judging by what you said, I think we were successful in providing an appropriate and meaningful networking opportunity for our members at this event. I hope we also adequately conveyed our appreciation for your continuing member support of CPRS Toronto.

The final word here goes out to CPRS Toronto members Amie Zimon, Jessica Delaney and Jenn Heyes who answered our call for volunteer support at this event. Given the number of members who attended, they certainly had their hands full in terms of handling the social graces while also helping to ease our new members into the CPRS family. You did a truly admirable job. Thank you.

Four tips for aspiring PR practitioners


By Gloria Lopez – Gil

Student members participated in Passport to PR on November 15, 2011. The event is a half day tour that gives behind-the-scenes access to some of Toronto’s top PR practitioners. 

As a student, it becomes a big concern as to what exactly our soon to be career actually intakes. Having the opportunity to visit Citizen Optimum, Toronto Board of Trade, and National allowed a glimpse into the reality of PR life. Advice given from practitioners working in the industry, being able to distinguish ways in which future practitioners are able to be successful.

Tips to be successful:

Nina Kalos and Stephanie Nadalin from Citizen Optimum

1. Network
If there is one thing to note about working in the PR industry, is the sole fact to network with as many people as you can. Get to know the people working in public relations. Working in public relations is a field in which many candidates are striving to make it to the top. It is important to maintain relationships amongst practitioners whom you may meet.

Nina Kalos from Citizen Optimum suggests students to “find a mentor”. Take advantage of mentorship programs, like the one that CPRS offers. Mentors are able to provide full insight on their experiences that they have come across while working in the industry.

2. Keep it all
It is that simple –keep it all, all the work that you have done keep it. Why forget about a piece of work that you have spent your time on? Scott Brownrigg, from Toronto Board of Trade made the point clear that it is vital to keep what you have worked on.

Having a portfolio prepared of your previous work only shows future employers that you are committed to your career. With a portfolio of all your work you are able to always look back to reference something that you may have forgotten about. Also collect any comments or recognition letters that you may have received.

Elisabeth Mozel-Jury and Stephen Ledgley from National

3. Refine your writing skills
It is essential to have strong writing skills is in the PR industry. The English language seems simple, but it has its hidden complexities. Elisabeth Mozel-Jury and Stephen Ledgley, from National both had the same advice to students. Their advice that they have for students is to continuously work on writing.

Writing is a tool in which technology will never be able to replace. Constantly working on your writing will only prepare future practitioners for the reality of life. In careers, like PR, having to write a test as a requirement during an interview should come as no surprise. (Editor’s note: If you’re a member interested in writing for the CPRS Toronto New Perspectives blog, send us a note.)

Matthew Kofsky and Scott Brownrigg from Toronto Board of Trade

4. Choose your agency
The agencies are not out looking for you, as a PR practitioner it is your responsibility to choose the agency in which you feel is best suited for you. Stephanie Nadalin, from Citizen Optimum suggests students to “be choosey.” Ask questions when looking into PR agencies, as in what will your tasks be for a standard day.

Matthew Kofsky, from Toronto Board of Trade also advises students who are looking into internships to “make sure you enjoy it.” Make sure that the internship or the selected agency is the one fit for you. Research and educate yourself about the agency before stepping foot inside the front door.

So what are your tips for students studying public relations? Speaking on behalf of students, we’d love to hear from you. Fee free to post below.